Telemachus Orfanos, one of the 12 victims of Wednesday night’s mass shooting at the Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks, California, had survived the Las Vegas shooting just a year earlier.
Orfanos was one of potentially dozens of Route 91 Harvest Festival survivors who were again in the wrong place at the wrong time by no fault of their own.
After the atrocity in Vegas, survivors came together as a support community that eventually became a family.
Business Insider spoke to one of the organizers of the Route 91 family about how she and her community are coping with the twin tragedies.
Telemachus Orfanos, one of the 12 victims of Wednesday night’s mass shooting at the Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks, California, had survived the Las Vegas shooting in October 2017.
Orfanos, along with hundreds of others, witnessed and survived one of the most brutal, senseless acts of violence in US history as a gunman, with no identified motive, opened fire out of the window of his hotel room, killing 58 and wounding nearly 500.
But a month after the horror of the shooting that targeted concertgoers at the Route 91 Harvest Festival on the Las Vegas strip last year, survivors shook off the terror for a holiday buffet dinner.
“Last year I put together a Thanksgiving dinner/potluck just out of wanting to come together with everyone,” Stacie Armentrout, a Route 91 survivor who has become a key organizer for the community, told Business Insider. “I wanted us to spend the holiday together and be together.”
Since then, the group of strangers once united only by a massacre, have “become a family,” said Armentrout.
But on Wednesday night, the newly forged family once again suffered a tragedy.
Read more: What happened at the Thousand Oaks shooting
Nicholas Champion, a Las Vegas survivor who was at the Borderline, told ABC News that of the 100 or more people at the bar when the shots rang out, 50 or 60 had been with him at Route 91.
“It’s unbelievable today to know that some of our family has gone through this twice again,” said Armentrout.
Chandler Gunn, another member of the survivor community, told the Los Angeles Times: “There’s people that live a whole lifetime without seeing this, and then there’s people that have seen it twice.”
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Source:: Business Insider